Actions Will Always Speak Louder than Words
By Sophie Everitt (Age 16, Dallas, TX)
The night of the election I was literally sitting at the edge of my seat, watching the results unfold and the numbers climb. The minute I saw Trump was going to be president, everything froze. It was as if the world stopped turning for a minute. My mind was desperately trying to wrap my head around the results. All of the jokes, Internet posts, plans to move to Canada, all of it seemed like a silly joke. I thought that in the next few minutes somebody would say something along the lines of, “WOW! You all should have seen your faces! Haha this was all a joke!” The next day, I hoped it was all a dream, but I woke up to tears rolling down cheeks, sunken faces, and swollen eyes. I had known that whoever the victor was the other half would be upset, but not to the extent I had witnessed that day.
My phone was bombarded so much emotion you could smell the fear. Throughout my short lifetime, I’ve made friends who represent many different races and religions, opening up my world to to a diversity of viewpoints. We’ve shared bonds and felt like a family. To see such pure and wholesome relationships being torn apart at the threat of being ostracized or deported hurts more than I can possibly put into words.
I received texts like, “I hear my parents discussing which kids they should take,” followed by, “Our homes outside of the U.S are being threatened. There is nowhere to run.” This influx of panic was overwhelming, searing an image of unfathomable pain into my brain.
I hear many people out there saying how we need to stop and relax, but many of us don’t have this luxury and genuinely feel threatened.
America, being the melting pot it is, we have a wide array of opinions and practices that differentiate and divide us but we also have similarities. I know that in order to function as a stable country we must set aside our differences to further ourselves. We all have a common goal of survival and I’m certain this isn’t the only thing that ties us together. Life is what we make of it, and it has been made evident through examples such as marches, strikes, and speeches, among many others.
From what I’ve learned, if you want something you have to speak up, do something, say something, anything aside from sitting idly by. We can make a change not by voting for a meme, but writing to members of Congress, and arranging ways to make changes large and small. Actions will always speak louder than words.